An Introduction to Baijiu Cocktails

We’ve been writing a lot recently about the many things to love about baijiu and the man who brought it to the US. Now we wanted to share with you some of our favorite cocktail recipes using the popular Chinese liquor for you to try at home! Below you will find three delicious picks from some of the most talented bartenders out there. Happy drinking!


HKB Collins

By: Orson Salicetti, Lumos

Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 oz HKB Baijiu
1/2 oz agave syrup
3/4 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
Soda water to top up
3 to 4 dashes of Angostura bitters
Lemon wheel, for garnish

ICE a highball glass.

ADD all ingredients in order, topping with the soda and Angostura bitters.

GARNISH with a lemon wheel.


The Far East Side

By: Seth Allan, The Late Late

Makes 1 cocktail

3 slices fresh ginger
2 sprigs mint
2 oz HKB Baijiu
2 oz pineapple juice
1/2 oz Demerara syrup

MUDDLE ginger, 1 spring mint, HKB Baijiu, pineapple juice and Demerara syrup in a shaker.

SHAKE and double strain into chilled martini glass.

GARNISH with a mint sprig.


Marco Polo

By: Shawn Chen, RedFarm

Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/4 oz Dassai Nigori Sake
1/4 oz HKB Baijiu
1 cherry tomato
3 to 4 leaves Italian basil
3/4 oz fresh lemon
1/2 oz tomato water
1/2 oz cane syrup
0.3 oz rice vinegar (be careful not to add too much!)

MUDDLE 1/4 piece of the cherry tomato and 3 basil leaves in a cocktail shaker.

ADD remaining ingredients to the shaker. Shake and double strain over iced rocks glass.

GARNISH with a skewer of 1 basil leaf and 1/4 piece of the cherry tomato.


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